King Ernest Baker
|"King Ernest" Baker|
May 30, 1939|
Natchez, Mississippi, United States
|Died||March 5, 2000
Santa Maria, California, United States
|Genres||Soul, R&B, blues|
"King Ernest" Baker (May 30, 1939 – March 5, 2000) was an American blues and soul singer. He recorded "I Feel Alright" and "That's When I Woke Up." Baker was born in Natchez, Mississippi, and died in a car crash in 2000, just after finishing recording an album.
He became a popular Chicago club attraction, and performed variously with Tyrone Davis, Buddy Guy and Howlin' Wolf. Due to some disappointments in his career he got a job with the Sheriffs department. He stayed there for 14 years until retiring at 55, and then returned to show business. May 16, 1996 King Ernest and The Wildcats played a blues show, promoted by Michael Kauffer, "Sweet Thursday" in Ventura, CA.
In 2000, Baker had just finished recording his second album, Blues Got Soul. He had a listen to the CD on March 2, and a few days later while on his way back to Los Angeles he was killed in a car crash, near to Santa Maria, California on Highway 101.
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